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March 29, 2016


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I hate that out-of-place feeling. It has to have happened to everyone at least once, though, right?

I would've been dressed like you, for the exact same reasons. I've done it before, in fact. I am kind of astounded at the faculty dressing up; they NEVER do that here, either, except for the ones that always wear a blazer. I'm sorry it happened to you, but glad you stayed anyway! Maybe now they just think your department is casual. :)

I'm sorry you had to go through that. I love your description of the invisible ink dress code. It is so hard to predict these things!

I work in engineering and I live in the south and I'm surrounded by men who wear jeans and polos to everything. It's too hot for collars and ties around here, most of the time, and hardly anyone dresses that way so now no one does. The women wear slacks and blouses, primarily, but sometimes I'll see silk dresses and sometimes faded jeans and crocs.

I usually think about who will be at a meeting, who do I need to impress and how will they be dressed? I work now on a program led by a woman, and she is always in a blouse and slacks. If I know she will be there I try to choose accordingly.

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